What Happened in March 1985

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 1 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Mar 1 Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • Mar 2 FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks

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Mar 3 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • Mar 3 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances
  • Mar 3 Betsy King wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 3 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • Mar 3 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • Mar 4 STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled
  • Mar 4 Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA
  • Mar 4 WWII veterans returned to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 5 Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar
  • Mar 5 38th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Killing Fields" Best Film, Wim Wenders Best Director
  • Mar 6 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 6 Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 6 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"
  • Mar 6 Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale
  • Mar 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • Mar 8 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 8 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • Mar 9 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 9 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • Mar 10 Bonnie Lauer wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational
  • Mar 10 Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • Mar 10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 10 India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)
  • Mar 10 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 12 11th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Joan Collins & Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor Tom Selleck
Actor
Tom Selleck

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko in Moscow

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Mar 13 Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 14 Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 15 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • Mar 16 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
  • Mar 16 Denny McLain, pitcher; convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs
  • Mar 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • Mar 18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 19 "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • Mar 19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • Mar 19 Senate votes 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile
  • Mar 20 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the Internatinal Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 21 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • Mar 22 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • Mar 23 Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • Mar 23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: Bolero wins
  • Mar 24 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA GNA Golf Classic
  • Mar 24 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)
  • Mar 24 5th Golden Raspberry Awards: Bolero wins
  • Mar 25 57th Academy Awards: "Amadeus", F Murray Abraham & Sally Field win
  • Mar 25 Edwin Meese III takes office as US Attorney General

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Mar 28 International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 28 Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 28 STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 29 Christos Sartzetakis elected president of Greece

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 29 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 30 139th Grand National: Hywel Davies aboard Last Suspect wins
  • Mar 31 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises $27,400,000
  • Mar 31 4th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Ga 70-65
  • Mar 31 El Salvador's President José Napoleón Duarte' Christian Democratic Party wins election
  • Mar 31 Wrestlemania I at Madison Square Garden NY, Hogan & Mr T beat Piper & Orndorf

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Andreas Ottl, German footballer
  • Mar 1 Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • Mar 2 Robert Iler, American actor
  • Mar 2 Reggie Bush, American football player
  • Mar 2 Luke Pritchard, British singer (The Kooks)
  • Mar 3 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 4 Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • Mar 5 Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Japanese actor
  • Mar 5 Whitney Port, Cast member of The Hills TV series
  • Mar 6 Albert Reed, American model
  • Mar 7 Thomas Erak, American guitarist
  • Mar 8 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
  • Mar 9 Parthiv Patel, Indian Cricket Player
  • Mar 10 Lassana Diarra, French footballer
  • Mar 10 Casey Dienel, American singer-songwriter
  • Mar 10 Kim Leclerc, Canadian politician
  • Mar 11 Derek Schouman, American football player
  • Mar 11 Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 12 Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • Mar 12 Tosh Townend, American skateboarder

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 13 Emile Hirsch, American actor (Into the Wild, Speed Racer), born in Topanga, California

  • Mar 13 Alcides, Brazilian football player
  • Mar 13 Austin Scott, American football player
  • Mar 14 Idaira, Spanish singer
  • Mar 15 Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder
  • Mar 15 James MacLurcan, Australian actor
  • Mar 15 F.V.A. Morriello, Canadian author
  • Mar 15 Eva Amurri, American actress
  • Mar 15 Tom Chilton, British racing driver
  • Mar 16 Nicole Trunfio, Australian supermodel
  • Mar 18 Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Ernesto Viso, Venezuelan racing driver
  • Mar 21 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • Mar 22 Mike Jenkins, American football player
  • Mar 23 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • Mar 24 Haruka Ayase, Japanese actress and model

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 26 Keira Knightley, English actress (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in London, England

  • Mar 26 Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain
  • Mar 26 Jonathan Groff, American stage actor
  • Mar 27 Dario Baldauf, Austrian footballer
  • Mar 27 Stijn De Smet, Belgian footballer
  • Mar 27 Caroline Winberg, Swedish supermodel
  • Mar 29 Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Mar 29 Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 9 Actors Laura Johnson (Falcon Crest) & Harry Hamlin (LA Law) wed

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Actress Maureen McCormick (28) weds Michael Cummings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 23 Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) weds Mary Martelly

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Eugene List, US concert pianist, dies at 66
  • Mar 2 John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57
  • Mar 2 Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson's
  • Mar 3 Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Eric Sloane, US artist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Robert W Woodruff, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies at 95
  • Mar 7 Victor W Farris, inventor of paper milk carton, etc, dies
  • Mar 8 Edward Andrews, actor (Broadside), dies at 70 of a heart attack
  • Mar 8 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 10 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • Mar 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 16 Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 16 Eddie Shore, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a lung infection at 82

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies
  • Mar 18 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Arkadin), dies at 77
  • Mar 21 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer, dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), dies at 60
  • Mar 23 Singing Nun, commits suicide in Belgium at 52
  • Mar 23 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), dies at 64
  • Mar 28 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • Mar 28 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • Mar 29 Luther Terry, Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1911)
  • Mar 29 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun, The Singing Nun (b. 1933)
  • Mar 30 Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Mar 31 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (b. 1933)